The first weekend of August. By this time most of the summer blockbusters have come and gone in a blaze of dull CGI action, but the sun is sticking around in Los Angeles, as is the endless run of awesome summer shows.
While the city’s live music scene is gearing up for the return of FYF Fest in just a few short weeks, a plethora of sonic pleasures are available this weekend. In fact, there are so many that in picking three of the most eye-catching, I’ve still managed to avoid a certain aging Brit who is playing a rather large show in Chavez Ravine on Sunday. If you have tickets for any of the below, you’ve made a good choice.
Spoon @ Hollywood Forever – Friday, August 8th – SOLD OUT
A confession: Despite their being one of American indie-rock’s most beloved (if not THE most beloved) bands, with a stupidly high consistency over a decade-long run of albums, I had never listened to Spoon before this year. Luckily I fell in love with them just in time for the release of their excellent new album, They Want My Soul, an LP whose release is being celebrated with an appearance at Amoeba Hollywood last night and a sold-out show at the Fairbanks Lawn in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery tomorrow.
Flume @ Club Nokia – Friday, August 8th, & Saturday, August 9th – SOLD OUT
Another confession: I’ve had Flume down as a must-see at more than one festival I’ve been to, and I STILL haven’t managed to catch the guy live. He just always seems to end up caught in the overlap between other acts, and so my experience of his shows is limited to walking past the tent he’s playing in and saying, “Wow! It looks like there’s a hell of a party going on in there.” An error on my part for sure. The party is being brought to Club Nokia at LA Live this weekend, for no less than three shows.
On trips through the Echo Park and Silverlake areas this summer, I’ve noticed that this show has been heavily advertised in areas full of young men with beards who listen to a certain type of folk music. This is definitely the Hollywood Bowl show for hipsters, not that there’s anything wrong with that when the lineup is this strong front to back. Expect lots of heartfelt songwriter material. Do not expect any bass drops. Chances are if you do, you’ve ended up at the wrong show.